Chico Hamilton

Genres: Drama Movies Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Mystery & Thriller Movies
Tags: jazz drums cool jazz blue note funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Foreststorn Hamilton, 21 September 1921, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hamilton’s future career as a drummer was well established even before he left school. By that time he had played with many other young fledgling jazz artists, including Dexter Gordon, Ernie Royal, Charles Mingus and Buddy Collette (who would later become his musical partner). In 1940 he performed briefly with Lionel Hampton and Slim Gaillard, but military service interrupted his career. In the late 40s he worked with Jimmy Mundy, Count Basie and Lester Young; between 1948 and 1955 he was regular accompanist to Lena Horne. In 1952 he recorded with Gerry Mulligan’s revolutionary pianoless quartet and in 1955 formed his own quartet which, with shifting personnel, remained in existence for several years.

Hamilton’s groups of the 50s featured several outstanding musicians - among them Collette, Fred Katz, Eric Dolphy, Ralph Peña, Dennis Budimir and Ron...

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